VHS MASSACRE REVIEWED
“VHS Massacre” is a look at the rise of physical media in relation to home video. While the focus is on VHS, it shows the importance of the home market in developing films. Sure, it’s Troma and you get more of a cult film appreciation. What hurts the film is that it’s so brief, yet it wants to tackle so many ideas. I agree with the section on streaming media, but there’s still a bigger argument to be made against streaming. Hopefully, the ideas of personal media ownership get started here.
Outside of that, what is there to take away? The talking heads are fun and I appreciate the indie flavor. Still, it’s a collection of people talking on what amounts to a prolonged featurette. Take that for what you will. If that’s not your bag, then you probably wouldn’t have clicked on a bit of Troma coverage.
- Deleted Scenes
- Intro by Lloyd Kaufman
- A full episode of the web series
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- Dolby 2.0
RELEASE DATE: 5/9/17
- Video - 90%90%
- Audio - 90%90%
- Supplemental Material - 97%97%
- Film Score - 88%88%
The Plot Thus Far
This lively documentary explores the rise and fall of physical media and its effect on Independent and cult films. Ranging from the origin of home movies through the video store era, it’s sure to entertain. With icons like Joe Bob Briggs (MonsterVision), Lloyd Kaufman (Toxic Avenger), Greg Sestero (The Room), Debbie Rochon (Return to Nuke ‘Em High), Deborah Reed (Troll 2), Mark Frazer (Samurai Cop), James Nguyen (Birdemic) and many others.